Ballet Glossary: Positions of the Feet

Brush up on your Ballet Vocabulary with Mary Helen! Master the five basic positions of the feet for your next ballet class or Ballet Beautiful Workout:

First position: The toes are turned out and the heels touch each other.

Second position: The heels are separated about hip width apart and the feet remain in turnout.

Third position: One foot is in front of the other, with the back of the front heel touching the middle of the back foot.

Fourth position: One foot is in front of the other, with the front heel positioned about one step from the back foot, but angled toward the middle, as in third position.

Fifth position: Both feet come together, with the toes of each foot meeting the heels of the other.

In this video Mary Helen walks us through the five positions and the correct form and alignment for each one:

Put it to use in our new Ballet Beautiful Body Series!